Well, the percentage of unarmed blacks shot is much greater than that of unarmed whites. Somehow a white dude carrying a cellphone is seen carrying a cellphone whereas the even hinting at anything in the hand is almost always assumed to be a gun if you’re black dude.
After the third or fourth time the officers said to straighten your legs and the man spread his feet and rested his elbows on his knees, the officers should have realized that the poor guy believed he was complying and was maybe not thinking clearly in a stressful situation. A new instruction should have been tried-- eg. “Your knees are still bent. You’re not in the right position if your knees are bent.” Or “Stretch your legs all the way out.” This cop is like the stereotyped American in Paris who just keeps getting louder when the waiter doesn’t speak English. Zapping someone with a taser for not understanding you is tyrannical.
And yet black people are much less than half of the population. And nobody has real statistics on beatings and general police harassment, but it would take wilful blindness to deny that PoC are massively overrepresented among the victims.
Yes, the rise of overt fascism is making it worse, but the difference between 2018 and 2015 is marginal.
The USA has always been based upon white supremacy and the exploitation of poverty. The cops didn’t suddenly begin beating and murdering people just as phone cameras were invented; it has ever been thus.
But while poor white people are not immune to this, it has always been poor black people who take the worst of it. It was deliberately engineered that way.
From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
This sort of thing is why some people snap and go on cop killing rampages. Some people just can’t handle seeing an armed gang of thugs destroy the peace and abuse the people with impunity.
Wanna make the job of being a cop safer? Stop breaking the damned law.